|Launched:||21 December 1918|
|Commissioned:||9 April 1919|
|Battle Stars:||None Indicated|
|Reclassified:||ASR-3, 12 September 1929|
|Decommissioned:||4 February 1947|
|Fate:||Sunk off New London 31 July 1947|
|Class:||Lapwing class minesweeper|
Chewink was launched 21 December 1918 by Todd Shipyard Corp., New York City; sponsored by Miss M. Sperrin; and commissioned 9 April 1919, Lieutenant (junior grade) J. Williams in command. She was reclassified ASR-3 on 12 September 1929.
She returned via Lisbon, the Azores, and Bermuda to New York, arriving 19 November, and for the next 11 years operated along the east coast and to Cuba and Puerto Rico in a variety of duties, which included salvage, target towing, a school for Naval Engineering, recovering mines, experimental underwater radio tests, net laying and tending, and tending submarines.
In October 1930 she sailed from New London, Connecticut, with Submarine Division 4 for Pearl Harbor, to be stationed there as submarine tender, until 5 January 1931, and then at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone until August 1933. Chewink was decommissioned at Pearl Harbor 21 August 1933, remaining there until April 1937, when her berth was changed to Mare Island Navy Yard.
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